WASHINGTON, who are promoted from Division Two along with champions Seaham Red Star, sign off at home to Willington and manager Steven Hutchinson is looking forward to an enjoyable day at Nissan.
“We were in-form at just the right time and have kept five clean sheets in the last six games,” he said.
“We had fallen behind a little and it was a big ask but the lads came up trumps and now we are looking forward to next season.
“We have several players with First Division experience, but I’ll be looking to strengthen to cope with the demands of the top flight.”
Sunderland season card holders can watch the game at the Nissan Sports Complex for half price and chairman Derek Armstrong is hoping for a bigger than average crowd.
“It will be a big challenge going up but I’m sure we can meet it. Steve has done a great job to take us to where we are in such a short time scale,” enthused Armstrong, who, together with Barry Spendley, Bobby Goodwin and president Tom Boylen all have at least 30 years’ connection with the Mechanics.
Seaham Red Star complete a hugely successful campaign at Darlington RA and manager Mark Collingwood is looking for a win to take the points total to 100.
“I don’t think the Star have ever achieved 100 points so it would be a great way to end the campaign” said Collingwood who misses captain Chris Scott and Daryl Donnelly.
Ryhope CW have enjoyed a successful end to the season having lost just once in 13 games.
They visit Chester-le-Street, with Stephen Oakley and Jack Pounder pencilled into the team sheet.
The Cestrians have Glen Hargrave, Robbie Draper and Derek Waters back, but Ben Johnson is running in the Hamburg marathon and Kevin Dixon is playing cricket.